Chip Burcham wrote:
> Actually when I was in high school, I did "win" many games
> even ones against the person hosting the chess club. But did
> I win the goal I was after -- happiness? No, I most
> certainly did not.
Sounds to me like you took it way too seriously! Being that you have played the game then what, in your opinion, is the object of the game? I mean for you personally, not what is on the above mentioned links?
>In fact, I experienced the symptoms of
> depression - lack of energy, stomach aches, unusual
> frustration, indecision.
If you aren't happy to begin with, then no matter what you are doing, it is going to seem unfullfilling or wasteful. Sounds like stress from life or CFS more then side effects from a game!
>It wasn't until I started playing
> with more challenge activities such as track sprinting.
> Building up my body, I had much better self-esteem.
A well balanced lifestyle will always be better then favoring one aspect to the detriment of another! As seen by your beginning physical activities( endorphins, increased blood flow to brain, better physical shape to appease the low self-esteem,etc.)
>And finding more challenging and exciting mind games to play than
> "chess", I began to remember what happiness was truly like.
Good for you if you have found a better choice of games to exercise your intellect, but why try to ban "chess" when it does the same for millions of others? No game, of stradegy and skill, can be deemed bad for children because it will help them in life when they have to make critical decisions and need to be able to look at all aspects and possible consequences in a very short, possibly high stress, situation.
Can you say that from your years of chess playing, you have never used the lessons learned in real life?
IMO,If your answer is yes then you either do not do much or you didn't learn much from the game and it was indeed a waste of your time.
You have mentioned that you have found "more challenging and exciting mind games to play", mind sharing what these are, as I also look for these type games?
On a side note, I have 5 daughters, and the oldest four know the basics of the game and three of them are in a chess club at school. They thoroughly enjoy it and the competition, The friendly rivalry between schools and the easy, layed back way the school system supports these clubs and tournaments says wonders about the possible benefits if applied correctly!
This game is as beneficial as learning music and/or a musical instrument! They both help kids learn to handle more complex reasoning skills that help children do better in school!
I do agree that if the parents/authority figures pressure a young mind into a fierce competition with a " got to win or else" mentality then it really doesn't matter which game you choose.
This pressure is the culprit not the game!
Another question for you. Since you have applied yourself to these other endeavors of physical as well as other mental exercise have you played chess with a friend or family member and not care whether you win or lose?
I know that I get great pleasure from playing chess with my daughters and kicking my Brother-in-law's ass( my apologies to the moderators for this term but so aptly fits him! LOL) when he thinks he is better! But never have I taken any game so seriously as to cause harm to me, my health, or to anybody else!
Another question to you or anybody; Has anybody seen a pawn attack diagonally two squares from initial position? i.e. pawn at C2 to A4 to capture an opponent's piece?
The above follows the two basic rules of pawns, attack diagonally only and 1 or 2 moves from initial start positions.